But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

Thursday, 20 February 2020 21:32

Andrew Fuller Friday: On the Terms of Communion (Part 2)

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The appeal is next made to the New Testament. Here it becomes us to be all attention. “Were not the first churches composed of households?” That there were some households in them is clear; and we have some in many of our churches. But why did not the “Congregationalist” prov...

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Thursday, 20 February 2020 06:30

Around the Horn (February 20)

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Noting that the greatest task a pastor has is good exposition, the post notes, “Exposing congregants to faithful exposition prepares people for the task of personal Bible study so that they grow in their own walk with the Lord and thereby find joy and delight....

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Monday, 17 February 2020 21:46

How to Find Real Community in the Church, Part 3

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You can read the first two installments of this series here and here.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer warned Christians in his day against loving their dream of community in place of loving the actual community to which they belonged. In other words, he believed that many of our notions about the way the church...

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Friday, 14 February 2020 00:29

Andrew Fuller Friday: On the Terms of Communion (Part 1)

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That the plea for infant communion is equally valid with that of infant baptism you will not expect me to dispute. If I could be convinced of the one, I see no reason why I should scruple the other. If one of your Pædobaptist correspondents should think proper to answer in behalf of his...

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Thursday, 13 February 2020 00:58

Around the Horn (February 13)

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“Imagine taking an interest in your ancestry, creating a family tree, and learning all about your great-grandparents. You know their birthplace, their history, where they worked, how they met, and so on. Now imagine that they walk into your...

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Thursday, 06 February 2020 22:33

Andrew Fuller Friday: On the Use of the title “Apostle”

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Allowing the word apostle to signify a missionary, it does not seem to follow that calling an ordinary preacher, who is sent to publish the gospel among the heathen, by the latter name, is improper or “unscriptural.”

The word διακονειν,...

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Thursday, 06 February 2020 05:43

Around the Horn (February 6)

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In this post, Micheal Kruger answers the title question on the levels of history, authority, and inspiration. Clearly, Jesus interacts with the Old Testament and never disparagingly.

Preache...

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Monday, 03 February 2020 21:52

How to Find Real Community in the Church, Part 2

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer believed that one of the greatest enemies to Christians experiencing true community in the church is their idealized notions about what a community is supposed to be. In other words, Christians struggle to experience fellowship with the real people in front of them when they...

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Thursday, 30 January 2020 23:56

Andrew Fuller Friday: On Hope

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Hope, or an expectation of future good,* is of so extensive an influence, that whether true or false, well or ill founded, it is one of the principal springs that keep mankind in motion. It is vigorous, bold, and enterprising. It causes men to encounter dangers, endure hardships, and surmount...

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Thursday, 30 January 2020 01:41

Around the Horn (January 30)

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The task of preaching can be daunting. Each time a preacher steps into the pulpit they have the weight of rightly dividing the Word of God. Do you pray for them? Do you know what to pray for them? This post offers a sample prayer for your preacher.

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Tuesday, 28 January 2020 05:27

How to Find Real Community in the Church, Part 1

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“I just can’t find community here.” “I’m having a hard time connecting with people at this church.” “For some reason, I just don’t feel like I have anything in common with people here.”

I can no longer count the number of times I’ve...

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Thursday, 23 January 2020 22:46

Andrew Fuller Friday: On the Work of the Holy Spirit

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The Scriptures clearly ascribe both repentance and faith wherever they exist to Divine influence.† Whence many have concluded that they cannot be duties required of sinners. If sinners have been required from the pulpit to repent or believe, they have thought it sufficient to show the...

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Wednesday, 22 January 2020 10:39

Around the Horn (January 23)

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Of all the theological knowledge requisite for a missionary very rarely is a right ecclesiology high on that list, but as Adoniram Judson learned the heard way, perhaps it is something that may just be vital.

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Tuesday, 21 January 2020 22:26

Our Clay Pot Ministry Credential

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“What is the argument for Christian missions?” It was a sincere question from a professing Christian. My response was, “What is the argument against Christian missions? The entirety of the biblical revelation of God in Christ, from beginning to end, is the argument. The reason for...

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Don’t just say, “I read my Bible.” The devil knows the Bible by heart. He used it against Jesus. It’s about lingering there, loving the truth, and pleading with the Lord to open the eyes of your heart. (John Piper)

Though Bible Study is not a new Christian discipline, there...

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Thursday, 16 January 2020 22:11

Andrew Fuller Friday: On Abraham’s Intercession for Sodom

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It is natural to suppose that the mind of Abraham must be forcibly impressed with this intimation. He would feel for his poor ungodly neighbours; but especially for Lot, and other righteous men whom he might hope would be found among them. At this juncture the men, that is, two out of the three,...

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Wednesday, 15 January 2020 23:14

Around the Horn (January 16)

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Preaching is far more than “sharing the Word,” “explaining the Bible,” or “giving a Bible talk.” Preaching carries much greater weight than those descriptors. Preachers, according to Adam Ch’ng, need to understand their task.

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Thursday, 09 January 2020 22:27

Andrew Fuller Friday: On Self and False Religion

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But to bear good-will to our enemies, to pity them that hate us, and to pray for them that despitefully use us and persecute us, is, after all, a strange doctrine in the account of a selfish world. If the love of God be not in us, self-love, in one shape or other, will have possession of our souls....

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Wednesday, 08 January 2020 23:24

Around the Horn (January 9)

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In this post, David Murray shares the importance of regularly assessing your own preaching. He offers his checklist as an example for achieving that goal.

Greg Morse begins his post writing, “Our women have...

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